Amsterdam Cruise Port Guide

On your European cruise, few cities can match the sophistication and picture-perfect beauty of Amsterdam. Artsy travelers will love the city’s emphasis on fine artists like Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt, whose works are displayed at museums across the city. Hop on a rented bike and explore the city on two wheels, whether you’re riding along the canal or going windmill spotting across the city. On your Amsterdam cruise, you’ll discover this is a place that embodies a slower lifestyle, where enjoying simple pleasures is part of the daily routine.

On a cruise from Amsterdam, you have a world of destinations to experience. Sail to the British Isles to see the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, and explore Liverpool, where the Beatles began their musical journey. Travel to Scandinavia and Russia to stroll the storied streets and museums, and visit the landmarks of fascinating cities like Berlin, Stockholm, and St. Petersburg. Get up close to the majestic fjords, lush forests, and breathtaking mountains of Norway. Or, travel to the gorgeous emerald landscape and castles of Dublin and Cork, then on to Iceland’s otherworldly Reykjavik and Akureyri. Discover some of Europe’s most captivating destinations on an Amsterdam cruise with Celebrity Cruises.

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Introducing: Amsterdam City Stays

Embark on an in-depth experience in the city where your cruise starts or ends. Stay in accommodations we’ve carefully selected. Enjoy tours guided by experts to see the must-sees and do the must-dos. Take private transportation between your airport, hotel, and ship.


Guided Tour Highlights: Discover the Dutch art masters at the Rijksmuseum. Enjoy a scenic cruise along Amsterdam’s Canal Ring area. Explore Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum that faithfully recreates a 17th-century Dutch community, and visit a local cheese farm.

Top Destinations on Cruises from Amsterdam

Norwegian Fjords

On a Norway cruise, you’ll sail through unforgettable landscapes that were formed during the Ice Age and discover waterfront towns and villages bursting with charm. Adventurers can hike up to Pulpit Rock, a 2,000-foot high flat plateau above a fjord that gives you a breathtaking view. Get spectacular photos on your stop in the harbor town of Bergen, the heart of the fjords where picturesque wooden buildings adorn the coastline.

Iceland & Ireland

Iceland and Ireland and provide a great mix of adventure and history. In Reykjavik, be mesmerized by stunning waterfalls, active volcanoes, and the naturally-heated Blue Lagoon. Hike along the Mid-Atlantic Rift in Thingvellir National Park , which separates the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Explore Ireland’s ancient castles and cathedrals, then stop in a local pub for a pint of Guinness.

Scandinavia & Russia

Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of northern Europe on an award-winning  Celebrity cruise. Visit some of the world’s best museums in St. Petersburg, Russia, where history, art, and culture are on display. Stroll Stockholm’s cobblestoned Old Town and dine in world-class restaurants. See the picturesque town of Porvoo near Helsinki and admire the stunning architecture of Tallinn.

British Isles

From moors and mountains to gorgeous glens and rugged coastlines, the British Isles offer a diverse array of landscapes and things to do. Get a bird’s-eye view of the White Cliffs of Dover from your ship at sea. Explore the mysteries and history of Stonehenge and fascinating medieval castles. Stroll down Penny Lane in Liverpool and trace the beginning days of the Beatles. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the emerald green countryside on your British Isles cruise.

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Why Sail from Amsterdam with Celebrity Cruises

Sail through Europe with an award-winning cruise line—Travel Weekly has named Celebrity the 2020 Best Cruise Line in Europe. Explore ancient ruins, legendary art, natural wonders, and diverse cuisines. In addition to providing the most unique itineraries throughout the region, you’ll travel through the Old World on one of our newest ships, Celebrity Apex®.

Celebrity Apex, the second ship in our revolutionary Edge® Series, takes our one-of-a-kind outward-facing design further than ever, creating an intimate connection between you, the sea, and every exciting place you’re about to visit. Expansive open-air spaces let you soak up the sun, the sea air, and the spectacular scenery to the max. Fine dining on board rivals any restaurant you’ll find on land. And there are even more ways to relax and be entertained.

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Amsterdam Cruise Port Facilities and Location

Amsterdam’s cruise passengers will find a bustling yet smooth and efficient port. Ships embarking on cruises from Amsterdam are docked in the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA), where a 10-minute walk will take you to a popular transportation station. From there, you can travel by bus or trolley to Amsterdam’s historic center.

Top Sights & Attractions in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House

One of Amsterdam’s best-known sights, the Anne Frank House is a harrowing memorial of the Holocaust. Young Anne Frank lived in hiding for two years in Amsterdam, and today millions flock to the museum every year to pay their respects and learn about the horrific persecution of Jews during World War II. Lines tend to be long to get into the museum, so be sure to buy a ticket in advance.

Museum of Modern Art

This sleek art museum is home to internationally renowned modern collections from artists like Andy Warhol and older classics from Matisse and Rodin. Spend a few hours among thought-provoking sculptures, paintings, and mixed media. You’ll leave an art aficionado. 

Van Gogh Museum

Lovers of Vincent Van Gogh and his fascinating life stories can learn something new at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, where over 200 completed paintings reside, along with many of Van Gogh’s letters and sketches. It’s home to the largest collection of Van Gogh artwork in the world. This is one of the city’s most popular attractions, so we recommend to buy a ticket before you arrive.

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Top Things to Do in Amsterdam

Experience a Brown Cafe

The “brown cafe” is a traditional Dutch pub where romantic candles burn down to the wick, beer spills in conversation over the wooden tables, and you can enjoy fried bar snacks galore. A few famous ones in Amsterdam include Cafe Hoppe and Cafe Chris.

See the City’s Eight Windmills

There are eight different historic windmills scattered in and around Amsterdam, so why not make a day of seeing each one? Grab your bike or rent a car and hop from windmill to windmill, stopping for lunch, coffee, or a local brew along the way. The Sloten Windmill is still in operation today and is open to visitors.

Explore Trendy Jordaan

Jordaan is one of Amsterdam’s most popular districts, a neighborhood of boutiques and antiques, shops and cafes, set against the beautiful backdrop of Dutch-colonial architecture. Live like a local as you explore markets like Westerstraat and laid-back cafes like De Vergulde Gaper, where you can people-watch over a morning coffee.

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